UK Catalysis Hub



Monday 26th March 2018

10:15 - 13:15 Optional tour of Harwell Campus including;

Diamond Light Source, ISIS  & Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

(Please register)

13:55 Registration & Reception

15:10 PLENARY 1: Sustainable Catalytic Reaction Engineering

Plenary Speaker: Joris Thybaut (Ghent) - Kinetics as a tool for catalyst, reactor and process design

  1. Asterios Gavriilidis (UCL) - Information-Rich Experimentation via Microreactor Technology
  2. Anton Kiss (Manchester/Twente) - Novel catalytic distillation processes for a sustainable chemical industry
  3. Ian Metcalfe (Newcastle) - Exploiting the ‘chemical memory’ of non-stoichiometric materials to create new processes

17:25 Discussion

17:50 Poster session & reception with light buffet

Tuesday 27th March 2018

09:00 PLENARY 2: Designing new nanomaterials as effective catalysts

Plenary Speaker: Wataru Ueda (Kanagawa) - New Nano-Structured Complex Metal Oxides of Group V and VI Elements as Solid-State Catalysts

  1. Andy Beale (UCL) - Real time observation of the evolution of catalyst nanostructure

10:15 Coffee Break

10:45 PLENARY 2: Designing new nanomaterials as effective catalysts contd

   2. Laura Torente (Cambridge) - Low temperature hydrogen production from ammonia
  3. Ceri Hammond (Cardiff) - Preventing catalyst deactivation during the continuous conversion of sugars to chemicals

11:35 Discussion

12:00 LUNCH

12:50 PLENARY 3: Computational methods for catalysts design

Plenary Speaker: Gianfranco Pacchioni (Università Milano-Bicocca) - Design of active catalysts from first principles: concepts, examples, and perspectives

  1. Evgeny Pidko (Delft University of Technology/ ITMO University) - Balancing reductionist and systems approaches in computational catalysis: questions of accuracy and adequacy
  2. Adrian Mulholland (Bristol) - Multiscale modelling for biocatalysis
  3. Sílvia Osuna (University of Girona) - Role of conformational dynamics in the evolution of enzyme function

15:10 Discussion

15:45 Coffee Break

16:10 PLENARY 4: Integrated Chemo/Bio-Catalysis 

Plenary Speaker: John Woodley (DTU) - Reaction Engineering Challenges in Biological Catalysis

  1. James Naismith (Director, RCaH) - Making hard things look easy
  2. Wolfgang Kroutil (University of Graz) - Biocatalytic access to chiral amines and C-C bond formation
  3. Jason Micklefield (Manchester) - Integration of engineered enzymes into new synthetic and biosynthetic pathways

18:15 Discussion

19:25 DINNER

Wednesday 28th  March 2018

09:00 PLENARY 5: In situ studies of catalysis

Plenary Speaker: Angelika Brückner (LIKAT Rostock) - Catalysts caught in the act – What in situ spectroscopy can tell us about active sites and mechanisms

  1. Jeroen van Bokhoven (PSI) - About active sites and interfaces in catalysis

10:15 Coffee Break

10:45 PLENARY 5: In situ studies of catalysis contd

  2. Simon Kondrat (Loughborough) - Observing single-site catalysis during reaction
  3. Gareth Whiting (Utrecht) - Tracking reaction intermediates in sustainable catalytic processes with in situ/operando spectroscopy

11:35 Discussion

12:00 Closing Comments

12:10 Lunch

13:00 CLOSE